Morning Briefing: DeGrom Looks For His Sixth Win

Good morning Mets fans! The New York Mets (44-62) dropped the opening contest of their four-game series with the Atlanta Braves (58-47) last night by a score of 4-2. Jason Vargas (2-7, 8.23 ERA) failed to go more than five innings for his 11th start in a row and gave up all four of the Braves’ runs. A perfect four innings from the bullpen couldn’t help lift the Mets past the Braves due to Vargas’ shaky outing and a quiet day from the offense.

Latest Mets News

Jacob deGrom (5-6, 1.82 ERA) will face off against Anibal Sanchez (5-3, 3.00 ERA) tonight as he looks to get his sixth win and thus bring his pitching record back to an even .500 for the season. The game will begin at 7:10 p.m. EDT and can be viewed on SNY and heard on 710 WOR.

Todd Frazier came off the disabled list yesterday and went 0-for-4 in his first game back.

Bobby Wahl, whom the Mets acquired in the Jeurys Familia trade was called up yesterday and retired his two batters faced in his Mets debut.

Phillip Evans was placed on the disabled list and Jacob Rhame was optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas to make room for Frazier and Wahl.

Keith Law of ESPN spoke about the Mets’ farm system on Wednesday and talked about how it’s improving in comparison to last season. He added,  “I know #lolmets is a thing because of the ownership situation but the outlook from their farm system is not bleak.”

Steven Matz‘s MRI results showed no structural damage according to Jon Heyman of Fredcred Sports. However, assistant general manager John Ricco announced on Thursday that the 27-year-old has a mild flexor-pronator strain in his left pitching arm and is likely to miss at least one start.

Ricco discussed David Wright who has been working out, but has no timetable in place to play minor league rehab games. He also mentioned that Peter Alonso will likely spend the rest of the season in Triple-A.

Latest MLB News

Dalton Pompey was suspended without pay after having a heated exchanged with Triple-A Buffalo manager Bobby Meacham per Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.

The Texas Rangers signed Chris Tillman to a minor league deal according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today Sports.

Rick Ankiel is “toying with” the idea of pitching again after five years since playing in a MLB game and 14 years since pitching in a MLB game according to Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports.

MLB announced its postseason schedule per Mark Feinsand of The National League Wild Card game will be on Tuesday, Oct. 2 and the American League Wild Card game will be on Wednesday, Oct. 3. The World Series will begin on Tuesday, Oct. 23 and Game 7 will be played on Wednesday, Oct. 31 if necessary.

Latest NL East News

Greg Joyce of the New York Post mentioned that while Brandon Kintzler was traded, the anonymous source who leaked that the Nationals’ clubhouse “was a mess” is presumably still with the team since Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports helped clear Kintzler’s name.

The Philadelphia Phillies were able to maintain their first-place lead in the National League East thanks to a walk-off home run by Maikel Franco last night.

Latest on MMO/MMN

Michael Mayer looked at the Mets’ poor defense and how it doomed them yet again during Wednesday’s matinee against the Nationals.

John Sheridan continued his “3 Up, 3 Down” series following the Nationals’ two-game sweep over the Mets.

Dilip Sridhar analyzed the Mets’ midseason top prospects from No. 30 to No. 21 according to Mets Minors.

This Day in Mets History

Birthdays: Kevin Elster turns 54 and Mackey Sasser turns 56.

1962: Frank Thomas tied a National League record by hitting his sixth home run in three consecutive games. He would go on to add another homer in the following day’s contest.

About John Jackson 224 Articles
John is a communication major (with a concentration in broadcasting/telecommunications) and a minor in English at Manhattan College. He aspires to make a career out of his passion for sports. John was formerly a production intern at The Dr. Oz Show and a newsroom intern at SNY. He is currently a student associate in the production and programming department of MSG Networks during his final semester. He has served as the sports editor for Manhattan College's newspaper (The Quadrangle), a managing editor for Last Word On Baseball, and an editor here at MetsMerized Online. He now serves as a senior writer for both The Quadrangle and MMO. You can follow John on Twitter @John97Jackson.